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Cincinnati vs. Marshall - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marshall Thundering Herd (2-1) at Cincinnati Bearcats (2-2)

College Football: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Nippert Stadium)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Marshall Thundering Herd and Cincinnati Bearcats meet Saturday in college football action at Nippert Stadium.

The Marshall Thundering Herd look for their first road victory to build on their 2-1 start to the CFB season. The Marshall Thundering Herd have lost eight straight road games. Chase Litton is completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 781 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Litton has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Tyre Brady and Marcel Williams have combined for 528 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Willie Johnson has 14 receptions. The Marshall Thundering Herd ground game is averaging 106 yards per contest, and Keion Davis leads the way with 105 yards on 19 carries. Defensively, Marshall is allowing 21 points and 391 yards per game. Chase Hancock leads the Marshall Thundering Herd with 31 tackles, Damien Dozier has three sacks and Chris Jackson has two interceptions. 

Cincinnati vs. Marshall - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Bearcats could also use a nice victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Cincinnati Bearcats have won eight of their last 12 home games. Hayden Moore is completing 53.5 percent of his passes for 886 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Moore has three touchdown passes in three of his last five games. Kahlil Lewis and Devin Gray have combined for 383 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Thomas Geddis has 12 receptions. The Cincinnati Bearcats ground game is averaging 90.5 yards per contest, and Gerrid Doaks leads the way with 155 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 27.3 points and 410 yards per game. Jaylyin Minor leads the Cincinnati Bearcats with 43 tackles, Kevin Mouhon has two sacks and Bryan Wright has one interception.

The Thundering Herd are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games in September and 21-7-1 ATS in their last 29 non-conference games. The Bearcats are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 home games, 3-9 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The under is 18-7-1 in Bearcats last 26 games overall and the under is 8-3 in Thundering Herd last 11 games overall.

Marshall hasn't won a road game since October of 2015, and it's going to be tough to change that with a passing defense that's ranked 89th in the country. The Thundering Herd struggle to get off the field when playing a decent team. Cincinnati has had struggles of its own, but the Bearcats usually play good ball at home and are battle tested after road games against Michigan and Navy. This is a game where the Cincinnati Bearcats should be able to open things up offensively and give the defense a rest, which hasn't been the case recently, considering they're ranked 114th in TOP. I like the Bearcats to win this game by a touchdown.

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